The Longest Labor

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”

Genesis 3:14-15 (NIV)

If Christmas is the story of Jesus's birth, the prelude definitely begins in the Garden. Yes that garden. Christmas is the story of the longest labor in all of history.

Genesis chapter 3 tells the tale of man's separation from God, our choice to try to live life apart from Him; a choice that introduced insecurity to the human dilemma, indecision to our purpose, evil to our morality, and death to life. In Genesis 3 human beings create a separation between themselves and God that ultimately led to death.

But God wouldn't have it. Almost as soon as death enters the picture, God hatches a plan for redemption; "He will crush your head..." Many biblical scholars call this passage the "Protoevangelium," the first gospel. It's a foreshadowing of what is to come and the first mention by God of His plan for redemption. From the very beginning of evil in the world, at its very first introduction, God has a plan to vanquish it. At our very first separation from God, God has a plan to b being us back. As soon as we become sick, God begins a plan to heal us. This is the story of Christmas. This is at the core of the season we're entering into.

This season, do not just enter into a season of decorations, fake smiles, and lots of eating; enter into healing. Take hold of what God has done and is doing in birthing the longest labor of all time, the birth of Christ. Conceived so long ago in the Garden and brought to birth a little over 2000 years ago, all with the purpose of healing what had become sick, fixing what had become broken, vanquishing evil and death.

This season, enjoy Christmas for what it is. Rejoice in the longest labor, and God's plan of redemption; for you, and for everyone else too.